MEGADETH Bassist David Ellefson - "Without The Human Element None Of The Rest Of It Happens"
July 17, 2014, 5 years ago
Nathan Taylor at the Orillia Packet & Times recently caught up with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. An excerpt from the story is available below:
Addiction played a big part in the rifts and there were also legal disputes that followed the band’s 2002 split after lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine suffered an injury that sidelined him. While Mustaine reformed the band in 2004, Ellefson didn’t return to the lineup until 2010.“With Dave and I, there was a very natural inclination and intuitiveness about what Megadeth should be. Probably the hardest thing in a band is being open to new ideas, but also fighting off those that become a distraction, which can pull a band apart,” Ellefson told The Packet & Times. “Megadeth has certainly had to weather those storms. That’s been its No. 1 obstacle — to keep its singleness of purpose, its focus and its vision and not being ripped apart by these tides that come in and can often just smash the house to pieces.”
The two Daves dismissed their differences for the sake of the musical monster they’d made, and they’re as close as they’ve ever been.“We’re bandmates, but we’re also like brothers. Brothers agree and brothers disagree, but that’s what makes brotherhood so cool,” Ellefson said. “My brother just passed away this last month. Dave was a big brother to me in a way that, now, I need a big brother. It goes beyond just the two of us standing on stage, playing our guitars. While we do have a band to run and there is business to tend to ... there’s the human element, and without the human element, none of the rest of it happens.”
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